Mix two actress icons with some award-winning gay and lesbian titles and you have this week in home entertainment.
Charlotte Rampling turns in an Oscar-nominated performance in 45 Years, from Looking director/writer Andrew Haigh, Sally Field returns in a lead role with Hello, My Name Is Doris.
A gay New York artist falls for a foreign pianist in multiple festival award-winning Those People, while a teenage Indian girl with cerebral palsy finds passion with a blind lesbian activist in fellow award-winner, Margarita With A Straw.
Now for the details and trailers!
Laila, an Indian teenager with cerebral palsy, wins a scholarship at NYU. While there, she experiences the first stirrings of attraction to another woman, Khanum, a blind Pakistani-Bangladeshi activist. Not your run of the mill coming of age film, this is upbeat and offers a rare look at a fully-drawn character with CP. Director Shonali Bose has said it’s actually a Bollywood film, complete with five songs! A multiple prize winner at LGBT festivals. Extras include deleted scenes and a making of featurette.
($24.99 DVD; Wolfe)
In the posh Upper East Side of Manhattan, art student Charlie is smitten with his best buddy, Sebastian, who basically lives alone in a townhouse since dad’s been hauled off to the clink for financial malfeasance. Unfortunately, Sebastian also has a bit of con man in him and seems to dangle Charlie from strings. When Lebanese pianist Tim enters the picture, though, Charlie becomes a bit distracted, which doesn’t sit well with Sebastian… A handsome drama for sure that picked up prizes at NYC’s NewFest and L.A.’s Outfest. Extras include auditions and a deleted scene.
($26.99 Blu-ray, $25.99 DVD; Sony)
The wonderful, Oscar-winning Sally Field – the latest in a line of over-60 screen divas to show that ageism in Hollywood may be going out of style – returns in a leading role. Here she plays Doris Miller, an eccentric office worker who falls for a younger co-worker, John. Can her friend’s granddaughter teach her the ins and outs of modern day dating, stalking, and hipster culture so this romance might bloom? Field is amazing, and we’re glad to have her back! Extras include an alternate opening, deleted scenes, and a commentary.
($29.99 DVD; Paramount)
In this thespian tour-de-force, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star as Kate and Geoff Mercer, a childless couple in their 70s about to celebrate their 45th anniversary. When a letter arrives, informing Geoff that the body of his previous lover, Katya, has been found in Switzerland, where she went missing decades back, he becomes possessed by her memory, while Kate makes a discovery or two that threaten to undermine their relationship. Based on a story by David Constantine, “In Another Country,” and directed by Weekend and Looking‘s Andrew Haigh, this is a restrained, elegant, subtle and intense rumination on relationships and what to let go versus when to let go.
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